Contenders to replace New Zealand Rugby boss Steve Tew, when he finishes in December, will not be in short supply. While the role is daunting, given New Zealand's financial challenges on a global scale, managing the national game is the dream job for many. Candidates will apply from well outside the rugby sphere but this is a sport that tends to appoint from within. Liam Napier runs the rule over some who may put their hands up.

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson (second from left) is the leading contender to replace Steve Tew. Photo / Photosport
Mark Robinson (second from left) is the leading contender to replace Steve Tew. Photo / Photosport

Long believed to be groomed as Tew's successor and, therefore, a likely contender.

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